Hypnosis: useful, neglected, available

Am J Hosp Palliat Care. 1999 Sep-Oct;16(5):665-70. doi: 10.1177/104990919901600507.


Hypnosis is presented as a valuable and frequently neglected resource for many patients with chronic and terminal illness. Particular attention is given herein to the use of hypnosis in attaining relaxation, overcoming insomnia, helping the patient achieve pain relief, and, most particularly, teaching the patient to work with relatives and other persons close to them, as caregivers in a special relationship that can be a very important source of relief to the patient. A brief overview of indications, contraindications, errors, and safeguards is given. Sources of education and training are briefly reviewed and a bibliography is included to identify the nature of professional societies, three in the United States and one international, together with some standard publications. The purpose of this article is to affirm the value of hypnosis as a complementary or alternative therapy for hospice patients, to summarize its clinical applications, and to list the most standard and best known professional societies and publications.

MeSH terms

  • Breast Neoplasms / psychology
  • Breast Neoplasms / therapy
  • Complementary Therapies / methods*
  • Facial Pain / psychology
  • Facial Pain / therapy
  • Female
  • Hospices / methods*
  • Humans
  • Hypnosis / methods*
  • Male
  • Middle Aged
  • Phantom Limb / psychology
  • Phantom Limb / therapy